Kanabec Hospital’s Safe Sitters Program Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 at 5:00 am
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Julie Johnson, Lynn Van Hale Whiteford and Ronda Jannett, Safe Sitter instructors

Kanabec Hospital’s popular Safe Sitter program continues to attract area students.  The most recent class was through Cambridge-Isanti Community Education.  A total of 23 students graduated.

The Safe Sitter program was created by Patricia A. Keener, M.D., a well-respected pediatrician who’s known across the country. Becoming a Safe Sitter ensures that boys and girls ages 11 to 13 gain confidence and learn how to respond appropriately to medical emergencies, how to keep themselves safe, when and how to call for help, and how to understand and deal with children of different ages. Safe SitterÒ graduates are more confident and capable caregivers.  To successfully complete the program, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test to show they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

Kanabec Hospital is the only local provider for the Safe Sitter program and just one of five throughout Minnesota.  The hospital brought the program to the area in July of 2005.  During the first two years the class was taught only at Kanabec Hospital.  Since then, the team of instructors has traveled to Cambridge, Hinckley, Pine City and Isle to conduct classes.  Traveling outside of the Mora area has allowed many additional students to participate in this class opportunity. To date, there have been a total of 14 classes with 438 graduates from Mora, Ogilvie, Pine City, Hinckley, Finlayson, Brook Park, Grasston, Braham, Rush City, Stanchfield, Cambridge, Isanti, East Bethel, Dalbo, Milaca, Isle, Princeton, East Bethel, Sandstone, Harris, Onamia, Wahkon and Cedar.

There are three upcoming classes for the month of June.  June 9th ( Pine City), June 17th (Cambridge) and June 22nd (Mora).  For more information call Ronda, Volunteer Coordinator and Certified Safe Sitter Instructor, at 320-225-3321.

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